How Britain Won the Olympics Games and Lost the Plot

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, addresses the crowd on the main stage stage during the Olympic Torch Relay Coca-Cola Concert at Hyde Park on July 26, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

Carping is a British pleasure, and many of us were looking forward to enjoying a shambolic London Olympics with lip-smacking relish. To our surprise — and, never tell anyone I said this, to our slight pleasure too — the Games are going rather well. We are only nearing the halfway mark and the potential for disaster remains. Still, our transport system has not collapsed, and the organizers are making a decent fist of controlling a vast event. Outsiders see a confident country. For this brief interlude, we may believe it ourselves. But not for much longer. A small incident illuminates the...

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